Not Wonderland (2008 - 2009)
I grew up in the suburbs of Long Island, New York – the closest I can get to a country setting. I loved that I was so near the farmlands, the beautiful, endless fields, forests, and nature preserves. Many areas are still left undeveloped leaving hints of past history. In recent years, I’ve moved closer to the city, to the harsh realities of urban living. In these settings, there is a magnification of the complex, fast-paced, aggressive nature our society is. Humanity is often hidden by technology and the vastness of a city, makes it difficult to form interpersonal relationships. I find myself consistently longing for an idyllic world – one where peace, love, and harmony resides. With excitement of the completion of the Rabbitholes and Revelations series, I began to show the images to the public. Their initial reaction was that they were beautifully romantic. Some said, as a criticism, that the work was “a ‘throw-back’ to the Victorian era and has no place in the contemporary art world”. Those words ring true in that I do not fully relate to and feel disconnected from the art that is being produced now and also that I feel removed from this society. I decided to exploit that idea, rather directly, with this sequel to the Rabbitholes and Revelations works. This work borders on performance art, is even hinted with humor, and I make no excuses for it. I also know, there are those of us that will always be attracted to the beautiful, romantic, and mystical faerieworlds.